Saipem, a provider of engineering, procurement, project management and construction services, has secured $600m of engineering and construction contracts, offshore South America.

The Epic contract, which was awarded by Petrobras, includes the development of the gas export pipeline Lula NE – Cernambi, in the Santos Basin pre-salt region.

The pre-salt region lies 270km off the coast of the Brazilian state of São Paulo.

The development includes the engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of a gas export pipeline, 18in in diameter and 19km long, and related subsea equipment to be laid in a maximum water depth of 2,200m.

The pipeline will connect the Cernambi field to a central manifold in the Lula field.

The majority of offshore activities will be performed by the deepwater field development ship Saipem FDS 2.

Work on the development ship will begin during the second half of 2013.

This is the third export flowline from the new pre-salt FPSOs after Guara and Lula NE, and the third to be installed by Saipem FDS 2.

The second contract is with Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA for the transportation and installation of a Dragon CIGMA gas export pipeline, which is part of the Delta Caribe Oriental project.

The scope of work includes the transportation and installation of a 36in gas export sealine, 110km long, connecting to the Dragon gas platform.

The gas platform is located 50km north-east of the Venezuelan coast at the CIGMA Complex, which is close to Guiria in the Gulf of Paria in the state of Sucre.

The installation work will be mainly carried out by the Castoro 7 pipelay vessel and will be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

Caption: Saipem will develop a gas export pipeline. Credit: Puttsk